mental illness is real. it’s not your fault. nothing is wrong with you as a person. and nothing you did or didn’t do caused you to have it. asking for help is not a sign of weakness or something to be embarrassed about – reaching out is a brave thing to do. you need and deserve help and support.
if you are feeling suicidal or want to hurt yourself, hold on. tell somebody you trust and call for for professional help or go to your nearest emergency room right now.
do not wait.
below are some resources to guide you towards the help you need.
- suicide prevention hotlines
- wikipedia has a listing by country of suicide crisis phone numbers.
- if you are located in the us or canada, you can call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for free, confidential 24/7 support.
- if you are located in the us, you can call the substance abuse and mental health services administration (samhsa) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in english and spanish) for mental health and/or substance use disorders.
- mental health resources
- american foundation for suicide prevention – promotes understanding and prevention of suicide through research, education and advocacy.
- mental health america – provides info on screening for different illness and treatment options as well as policy and advocacy resources.
- mind – provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.
- psychology today – provides a comprehensive directory of therapists, psychiatrists and treatment facilities near you (us based).
- national alliance on mental illness (nami) – largest grassroots mental health organization in the us dedicated to building better lives for the millions of americans affected by mental illness.
- suicide awareness voices of education (save) – prevents suicide through public awareness and education, reduces stigma and serves as a resource to those touched by suicide.